Category Archives: Rental Properties

First Time Investor? or Accidental Landlord?


Owning a Rental Property is a huge deal.  Whether you purchased an investment property, or could not sell your family home, its now the time to get the property ready for the rental market.  Though what’s the process, what checks and balances does the property need to meet before you can advertise it?   There […]

Keeping you safe during COVID-19

Copo Property Managers walking across a pedestrian crossing

Although COVID-19 isn’t going away any time soon, it’s still business as usual when it comes to our property viewings — in the safest way possible, of course! Keeping both current and prospective tenants safe is our priority, as well as ensuring that both landlords and tenants are up to date with everything they need to know. Read on to find out how exactly we’re doing this!

Our five day turn around to fill three neighbouring properties!

How’s this for a good news story? Three property owners handed over their keys to Copo on Monday… and by Friday all three properties were filled. 😲 The properties are situated in a development of 14 brand new townhouses in Waiwhetū, Lower Hutt. We were handed the properties on the Monday, and that same night, […]

Why Is Long Term Maintenance The Best Approach For Your Property?

Contractors behind small house in front

When you notice a maintenance problem, you fix it — right? When the roof starts to leak, the garden becomes overgrown, or the window joinery starts to come loose, the normal response is to call in an expert and get it sorted straight away. At Copo, we do things slightly differently. We plan for upgrades […]

Brand new houses fail the Healthy Homes Standards? What hope do we have!

By now, we’re sure you are very aware of the Healthy Homes Standards. To quickly recap, they are a series of regulations that have introduced specific and minimum standards for rental properties around heating, insulation, ventilation, draught stoppage, and moisture ingress and drainage.

What Does a Fully Compliant Rental Property Look Like?

Rental property Wellington

If we showed you five photos of five different houses, would you know which ones complied with New Zealand tenancy law?

In New Zealand, all landlords and tenants have rights and responsibilities under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (the Act). A rental property must meet compliance guidelines set out by the Act and the Healthy Homes Standards.

Some people mistakenly assume that older homes are more likely than new builds to have compliance issues. In fact, the age of a home is not often a determining factor. What matters most is the knowledge of tenancy law and the Healthy Homes Standards that the property owner or landlord has (and their willingness to comply).

We’ve even seen brand new builds fail compliance checks because builders have missed steps or have tried to take short-cuts. Ultimately, as a landlord, you are responsible for making sure your property is compliant before renting it.